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Sarajevo sessions

Mikhael is a boy of 13 from Iran. Like his father Yuhana, he enjoys singing and playing music. We met them in Sarajevo, Bosnia where it is freezing cold in the winter. The situation for refugees and migrants there is very harsh. Most sleep at the train station but police often move them on, sometimes violently. The nearby abandoned buildings offer a dry haven but are not safe for women, children or anybody travelling alone. Thievery at knifepoint and drug and alcohol abuse are some of the desperate activities that go on.

 

We went busking with Yuhana. He sang in Farsee, echoing down the narrow streets of the old town of Sarajevo. Locals and tourists crowded around, and by the end of the day his guitar case was full of notes. Mikhael sat beside us and watched, occasionally singing along quietly.

Later on, we recorded some songs with Yuhana. During the session I asked Mikhael if he would like to record a song too. He said he didn't sing very well. ‘You can have a go just for fun,’ I suggested. He declined. But at the end of the session, as we were packing down, he piped up, saying, ‘Okay, I can try to sing one song.’

 

He sang ‘Rhooze Bharfi’, a contemporary Iranian pop song originally sung by Morteza Pahaei. It means ‘Snowy Day.’

روز برفی

چشامو، می بندم میخوام هر چی غصه است بمیره

که تو خواب، یکی از تنم عطرتو پس بگیره

نمیشه، نمیشه

عزیزم، نمیـدونی عشقت چقدر سینه سوزه

چه سخته، آدم چشم به تاریکی شب بدوزه

همیشه، همیشه

شبا بیدار و روزا خیره به عکست این شده کارم

دیگه طاقت ندارم

دلم میخواد یه جایی اونور دنیا خودمو جا بذار م

آخه عادت ندارم تو که نباشی خوابم نمیره

خیلی دلم میگیره

فراموشم نمیشه خاطرهامون واسه من خیلی دیره

 

یه آدم چقدر طاقت غصه داره

چجوری، میشه خنده روی لبام پا بذاره

دوباره ، دوباره

 

عزیزم، نمیـدونی عشقت چقدر سینه سوزه

چه سخته، آدم چشم به تاریکی شب بدوزه

همیشه، همیشه

شبا بیدار و روزا خیره به عکست این شده کارم

دیگه طاقت ندارم

دلم میخواد یه جایی اونور دنیا خودمو جا بذار م

آخه عادت ندارم تو که نباشی خوابم نمیره

خیلی دلم میگیره

فراموشم نمیشه خاطرهامون واسه من خیلی دیره

عزیزم، نمیـدونی عشقت چقدر سینه سوزه

چه سخته، آدم چشم به تاریکی شب بدوزه

همیشه، همیشه

Rhooze Bharfi

 

Cheshamo, mi bandam mi khamhar chi ghozast bemireh

Ke to khob, yeki az tanam atreto pas begireh,

Nemishe, nemishe

 

Azizam, nemidooni ashget chegadr sine sozeh

Che sakhte, odem cheshm beh taariki shab bedouzeh 

Hamishe, hamishe

 

Shaba bidar o rouzo kheyreh be akset in shodeh karem 

Digeh taghat nadaram

Delem mikhad ye cayi unere donya khodamo ca bezarem

Akhe adet nadaram to keh nebashi khobam nemireh 

Kheyli delem migireh

Fer amoshem nemishe khaterehamon vase men kheyli direh

 

Ye odem chegadro taghat gaze dareh

Checouri, mishe khande roye lebam pebazareh

Dobareh, dobareh

 

Azizam, nemidooni ashget chegadr sine sozeh

che sakhte, odem cheshm beh taariki shab bedouzeh

Hamishe, hamishe

 

Shaba bidar o rouzo kheyreh be akset in shodeh karem

digeh taghat nadaram

Delem mikhad ye cayi unere donya khodamo ca bezarem

Akhe adet nadaram to keh nebashi khobam nemireh

Kheyli delem migireh

Fer amoshem nemishe khaterehamon vase men kheyli direh

 

Azizam, nemidooni ashget chegadr sine sozeh

Che sakhte, odem cheshm beh taariki shab bedouzeh

Hamishe, hamishe